IMAGINE: A Giving God (Giving Includes Salvation)
A God Who Gives His Assurance
When I was a kid I had a friend named Larry. Being the unassuming personality that I am, we grew up to be friends and did a lot of crazy kid things together. Larry was the same age but he was a little more “experienced” at life than I was. I always knew my place with him because he would tell me…I always play second fiddle. We scrapped and fought from time to time, and he usually won. After all, that the way it was supposed to be, because I was second!
One day some kids from a couple of blokes over wandered into our neighborhood. I was perfect target for them and had been so designated. A week later…on my way home from baseball practice, I became the prey to this band of bullies. I peddled my bike as fast as my little legs would carry me, but it was no use…they caught me. (I told dad I needed a 10-speed Sting Ray!!) That was it! I was dead! I was surrounded by four 9-year old third graders who had it in for me! It was the end of the world, except for the fact that Larry just happened to ride around the corner just as I was pushed off my bike. I am not sure I remember what happened next, but I do know that those guys from the next neighborhood never bothered me again.
Paul speaks fo the kind of an assurance relationship that we have with God. Satan would love to come over and give us a “thumping”, but He just happens to be patrolling the spiritual neighborhood and wants us to know that there is nothing that is going to get by Him! He has assured us that He would provide protection that has no limits. There is no one big enough to get by God. Paul emphasized the point in the last portion of the passage in Romans. Death, life, angels, demons, world power, anything tall, deep, not anything would separate us from from God, our protector.
We are second in authority in God’s eyes, but no one messes with us without going though God first. From time to time I may have been second in the eyes of Larry, but no one messed with Larry’s friends. I had that assurance from that point on.
Check out Hebrews 10
I IMAGINE my response to God today will be…